Image description: A square shaped meme with blue and green coloring blended together and the following words in white capital letters: “On this Labor Day, we recognize that close to 30% of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are employed are working in sheltered workshops.
In sheltered workshops employees:
Make less than the federal minimum wage, often less than $1 per hour Are often segregated and isolated from the community Do not have the benefits of workers’ compensation Do not have the privilege of collective bargaining Are exploited and trapped in cycle of poverty.
J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels have a great many concerns that express the series’ larger themes of fascism, democracy and diversity. Among them is the struggle for the rights of house-elves, who play an enormous role in the functioning of the wizarding world even as they reap almost none of the rewards of the magical economy.
The house-elves emerge as characters in the “Harry Potter” novels much in the same way that children themselves might become aware of the workings of the economy as a whole. When Rowling’s characters initially enroll in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, they think certain things there come to pass by magic. Food appears, beautifully prepared, on dinner tables. Beds are made, fires are lit.
But Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione come to learn that most of these tasks are performed by house-elves, who work not just at Hogwarts but in the homes of many wizarding families. In almost all cases, they are bound to their employers by magic, which is convenient for wizards in two ways: They can force these virtual slaves to do even the most dangerous and disagreeable tasks, and they can do it without paying the house-elves.
Ultimately Harry, Hermione and Ron decide that their concern for non-magical persons and certain classes of magical beings means that they must become advocates for house-elves’ rights as well.
But that is not the end of their education. They also learn that if you want to help people, you have to listen to what they want and need and respect their wishes. When the main characters in Rowling’s series inadvertently free a house-elf named Winky from her rigid wizard employer, they are initially surprised when she is devastated and becomes an alcoholic. The wizards saw her release as a simple matter of her rights, but Winky lost her home and what she perceived to be her family. Instead of just forcing her out of bad conditions, Harry, Hermione and Ron needed to convince Winky that a new kind of life would be better and then deliver on their promises.
And at the end of the “Harry Potter” novels, the three young characters get a powerful illustration of what solidarity really means.
“We walked through the night and made it back to Castle Rock a little past five o'clock on Sunday morning, the day before Labor Day. We’d only been gone two days. But somehow the town seemed different. Smaller.”
Remember discovering that avocados could be more than the main ingredient in… >
Variations on a Theme: Avocados Three Ways
Remember discovering that avocados could be more than the main ingredient in guac? From there, the revelations rolled in: sea-salt-sprinkled toast toppings, to-perfection pesto and creamy, dreamy dressings. Now that avocados are back in season, we challenged ourselves to find them a few new and intriguing plate-mates with which to celebrate their enduring versatility—including a couple options for our vegan friends. Looks like our love is here to stay.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED for the dressing
3 sheets nori
2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 ½ cups lemon juice
½ cup tahini
¼ cup soy sauce
1 clove peeled garlic, whole
1 tablespoon ground mustard
1 tablespoon black pepper
for the salad
Bread for croutons
Salt and pepper
1 head red leaf lettuce
1 cup caesar dressing
Finely shaved fennel
2 tomatoes, sliced
½ cup shaved Daiya vegan cheese (optional)
½ cup fingerling potatoes, roasted until tender (optional)
HOW TO MAKE IT…
Blend dressing ingredients in a blender. Dice bread for croutons and toss with oil, salt and pepper. Toast until crisp at 325 degrees.
Cut lettuce in half, season with salt, pepper and oil, grill lightly. Toss lettuce with dressing and all other ingredients.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
Ciabatta or other crusty bread
2 cups ricotta and 2 tablespoons maple syrup, mixed
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into small pieces
Easter egg radish, thinly sliced
HOW TO MAKE IT…
Slice bread and lightly toast. Spread with ricotta-maple mixture and top with prosciutto and radish. Layer on finely sliced avocado and top with sea salt to taste.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
2 tablespoons goji berries
2 tablespoons slivered almonds
1 tablespoon soy oil
¼ cup sorghum
1 head kale, stems removed and sliced thin
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
Salt and pepper to taste
2 large avocados, sliced and peeled
HOW TO MAKE IT… Preheat oven to 350. Soak goji berries for 10 minutes in warm water. Discard liquid and set aside. Toast slivered almonds for 5 minutes and set aside. Heat a saucepan over high heat, adding soy oil. Add sorghum and cover with lid. Shake until sorghum has popped. Remove from heat.
Mix kale, olive oil, lemon, tarragon, almonds, salt and pepper. Lightly massage kale to soften. Add avocado, mix, taste to adjust seasonings and top with sorghum to serve.